Makinde Pledges Collaboration with the World Bank to Increase Floodwater Runoff Capacity
Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project Sets to Prevent natural disasters and reducing the impact of their destruction in collaboration with the World Bank.
According to a statement released by Gov. Seyi Makinde. “…we held a Mid-Term Review of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) with representatives of the World Bank.”
“The Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project is a targeted reaction to the historical flooding of 26 August 2011.
“As a government deeply invested in its people, our administration is pledging to continue to collaborate with the World Bank on the IUFMP to come up with ways to move from responding to disasters to pre-empting and preventing natural disasters and reducing the impact of their destruction.
” Although we have not had any recent floods as bad as that which occurred in 2011, in August this year, we had to issue flood alerts asking people who live in flood-prone areas to vacate those zones until the heavy rains recede.
“However, we know we can and have to do more in the short, medium and long term. It saddens us that this September, the communities of Oke Odo and Oke Bola suffered heavy losses due to flooding.
“That is why we are presently continuing the channelisation of major rivers in the state to increase floodwater runoff capacity. Also continually educating and sensitising our people on the dangers of poor sanitation and building houses in areas that contribute to flooding. Our four environmental tribunals will act swiftly to enforce our environmental laws.